PowerFacilities held a town hall meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 28 to discuss upcoming power outages as part of the ongoing electrical infrastructure project. Over the next 24 months buildings on upper campus and in Fort Douglas will experience brief, scheduled power outages. In the town hall meeting Facilities laid out a detailed plan for future power outages, buildings that will be affected and estimated dates.

The new plan is an improvement from the existing procedures. Previously, departments were notified 72 hours prior to a planned outage. The new process provides each area a detailed plan 90 days prior to outages.  Facilities will provide every building a copy of the overall planned outages with expected date ranges, frequency of the outage and total duration. Most buildings will experience a single outage of eight hours or less. Facilities is scheduling the outage for a time that minimizes the impact on housing, business, education, research and patient care.  Outages can be requested for all hours including over night and weekends.  Detailed plans will be available on the Facilities website in the next few weeks.

If you were unable to attend the meeting or have questions contact Brendon Norris, Facilities coordinator, for more information.



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The University of Utah’s reputation as an exceptional source for health care, research and education makes it an attractive option for tens of thousands of patients, faculty, staff and students. It also makes it a popular target for hackers and scam artists.

Last week a phishing attack went out through campus email pretending to be a document from a trusted source. The University’s Information Security Office and UMail team acted quickly to remove the emails and prevent anyone on the university from being snared. But with the speed of email delivery, a handful of people were able to open the email before the security team could remove them.

More than 80 percent of the email intended for university addresses is blocked by UMail filters or flagged as potential spam. That means hundreds of millions of dangerous or unwanted messages a year never even get to your inbox. However, every so often one sneaks through, and it’s important to be cautious to avoid the consequences.

If you get an email, even from a trusted source — especially one that contains an attachment or a link asking you to log in to something, and you were not expecting it, take the following action before doing anything else:

  • Compare the sender’s name to the sender’s email address. In a phishing email, these will often not match up.
  • Look for unusual language usage and/or frequent grammatical errors or typos.
  • Ask yourself, “Is this a normal process for me? Is this what my bank/employer/etc. usually does?”
  • Ask yourself, “Is this email causing an emotional response (such as fear), thus creating a sense of urgency?” Example emails include:
    • Moving to a 4-day workweek survey
    • Pay increase (“Click here to verify your raise!”)
    • Overdue bill at campus bookstore
    • Unpaid parking ticket
  • Hover over the link with your mouse pointer to determine authenticity, but don’t actually click the link. If the URL doesn’t match up with the company name or the overall subject matter of the email, it’s probably a phishing attempt.
  • If you believe you’ve received a phishing email, but haven’t clicked on any malicious links, report it to ISO by forwarding the email as an attachment to

Sometimes even vigilant people can’t recognize a good phish. If you’ve fallen for a phish, it’s important to act quickly to mitigate any potential harm.

  • Change your password immediately.
  • Call the Campus Help Desk at 801-581-4000, option 1 or ITS Service Desk at 801-587-6000 immediately.

Alerting the Help Desk will help ensure fewer people will get the same email and will alert the security team to look for signs your account or machine may have been compromised. Never feel afraid to contact the Help Desk or Information Security Office. After all, they are there to protect you and the university.

KUER’s VideoWest: News Wars

KUER logoYou hear people complain about the current state of journalism: polarized reporting, personal agendas, snarky comment sections. But if you think it’s bad these days, consider the 19th century competition between Deseret News and The Salt Lake Tribune. At least there aren’t brass knuckles involved anymore.

Watch KUER’s VideoWest: News Wars here.




Assistant Dean Connects with the arts internationally
Brooke Hoerjsi
Assistant Dean in the College of Fine Arts and Executive Director of Kingsbury Hall Brooke Horejsi visited China as a guest of the Chinese Ministry of Culture to view professional performance and visual arts and engage in conversation about arts administration on an international stage.

Find out how she is impacting arts in our community and across the globe.

Read the full story on The Finer Points.




The Threepenny opera 2Congratulations to the Department of Theatre’s production of “The Threepenny Opera” and School of Music faculty members Barlow Bradford and Hasse Borup for being included in Salt Lake Magazine’s Top Ten Classical Performances of 2014. This means the College of Fine Arts snagged three of the top 10 spots-not bad at all.

Click here to read the full story.





Former chair of the University of Utah Board of Trustees Clark Ivory established the U’s most prestigious student award last year, the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 award.

In an effort to enhance the undergraduate experience and encourage student involvement and leadership, the prize recognizes one to two students each year with a $2,000 prize along with a $10,000 donation to the recipient’s cause. The prize recognizes students for demonstrating a positive influence on student success and/or fostering efforts that have enabled meaningful change.

Nominations are due by March 2 and should include a completed nomination form, a nomination letter up to two pages in length and up to two letters of support. Awardees can be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students or those who have graduated within the past five years.



Photo Credit: Çağan Şekercioğlu

Mountain lions, moose and bears, oh my! In the University of Utah’s own backyard lies Red Butte Canyon, the most pristine ecosystem along Utah’s Wasatch Front filled with a variety of wildlife species. Managed by the U.S. Forest Service and designated as a Research Natural Area, Red Butte is restricted to all except those who use the area for scientific studies. Members of the U’s Biodiversity and Conservation Ecology Lab are some of those who have exclusive access to study the area and the animals in it.

University of Utah professor Çağan Şekercioğlu (pronounced Cha-awn Shay-care-gee-oh-loo) heads a lab that conducts field research all over the world, including Turkey, Ethiopia and Costa Rica. His projects all have one common goal: to study how humans and other species interact.

Inspired by the use of camera traps in his project in eastern Turkey and fueled with a desire to conduct research locally, Şekercioğlu purchased three camera traps for use in Red Butte Canyon in 2012. Supported by crowdsourcing and a grant from the Friends of Red Butte Creek, the project has expanded to 17 cameras that survey the mammals of Red Butte Canyon in a systematic grid. Şekercioğlu’s efforts to involve the public in science and share his findings through social media ( has won him the U’s Inaugural Citizen Science Award.

Read the full story here.

Highlighted Events

Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging : “A Disability Studies Perspective on Aging”
Monday, Feb. 2 |12 – 1:30 p.m.

Okazaki Community Meeting Room (155-B), College of Social Work

Cathy Chambless, a research associate at the University of Utah Center for Public Policy and Administration, as well as co-coordinator of the University of Utah Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies, will present.  This presentation is free and open to the public.  Please direct inquiries to:

Heretics and infidels, the changing landscape of religious diversity
Monday, Feb. 2 | 12–1 p.m.

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Brian Birch, Ph.D., director of Religious Studies at Utah Valley University and director of The Center for the Study of Ethics, will speak on “Heretics and Infidels, The Changing Landscape of Religious Diversity” on Monday, Feb. 2 at noon in the Gould Auditorium.

Birch is a graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in philosophy (1990, 1992). With interests in religious diversity and comparative theological studies, he completed a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion and Theology program at Claremont Graduate University (1998). His dissertation was directed by the late D.Z. Phillips and is entitled “The Limits of Pluralism and the Primacy of Practice: An Epistemological Inquiry into Religious Diversity.”

Co-sponsored by the J. Willard Marriott Library, the U’s Religious Studies program and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church

For more info, click here.

Wednesday, Feb. 4 | 6 – 8 p.m.

Get a head start on your travels with this intensive and fun language course. Learn everything you need to navigate around a Spanish-speaking destination – how to ask for directions (and understand them), how to order at a restaurant, how to read transportation signs/schedules and how to jump head first into the local culture.

To register or for more information, call 801-587-LIFE (5433) or visit

Campus symphony
Wednesday, Feb. 4 | 7:30–8:30 p.m.

Campus SymphonyCampus Symphony goes to the movies with a mix of classical and popular music with cinematic flair. The program features Beethoven’s dramatic first movement of his Fifth Symphony, Barber’s stunning Adagio for Strings and excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.  The program also features movie soundtracks, with swashbuckling tunes from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and sentimental melodies from “Forrest Gump.”  Robert Baldwin, Lawrence Spell, Claudia Restropo and Wu Bo conduct.

For more information, click here.



Stegner Center Green Bag: Malcolm Stewart
Feb. 5 | 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Environmental cases in the Supreme Court

Stegner Center Green Bag Malcolm_Stewart1Widely recognized as one of the nation’s top appellate and environmental litigators, Malcolm Stewart is deputy solicitor general of the United States. He has argued 69 cases before the United States Supreme Court, including Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, EPA v. EME Homer City Generation, Sackett v. EPA, and Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms. He will discuss environmental law advocacy before the Supreme Court, including recently decided cases and cases now pending in the court.

Stewart has worked in the United States Department of Justice since 1991. Previously, he served as an assistant to the solicitor general and as a member of the appellate staff of the DOJ’s Civil Division.  In addition to environmental cases, his docket areas include antitrust, bankruptcy, international trade, government contracts, intellectual property and securities and tax.  A graduate of Yale (J.D. and M.Phil.) and Princeton (A.B.), he clerked for Chief Judge Patricia M. Wald on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court.

University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law, room 106.

Free and open to the public. Lunch provided.

For questions contact Erin at 801-585-3440.

Paid parking is available at Rice-Eccles Stadium, but we encourage you to use public transportation. Take TRAX university line to the stadium stop and walk a half block north. For other public transit options use UTA’s Trip Planner or click the “public transit” option under “get directions” on Google Maps. The law school is on the red route for the University’s free campus shuttles (Carlson Hall stop).

Sponsored by the S.J. Quinney College of Law Federalist Society.

Utah Philharmonia
Thursday, Feb. 5 | 7:30–8:30 p.m.

PhilharmoniaDMA student, Lawrence Spell, conducts the Phil in works by American composers William Grant Still and George Gershwin.  The concert pairs Still’s “Prelude and Dances” from “Troubled Island” with Gershwin’s Cuban “Overture” and selections from “Porgy” and “Bess,” exploring the intersection of classical music and jazz, and the American sound.

Spell’s lecture recital on this music will take place prior to the concert at 6 p.m. in room 272.  Robert Baldwin conducts “Schubert’s Symphony No. 3,” a youthful and exuberant work, written when the great composer was a teenager.

For more information, click here.


Friday, Feb. 6 – Saturday, Feb. 7 | 6–7 p.m.

Whispering GalleryAn ensemble of nine students from the U will travel to Dixie State University in St. George from Feb. 10 – 14, to compete against seven other schools in the “Devised Theatre” program in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and participate in other festival activities, presenting the inaugural performance of “Whispering Gallery.”

Prior to their travels to St. George, they wish to share their efforts with the university community and the public. Over two evenings, they will perform “Whispering Gallery” as a work-in-progress showing in (and possibly around) the Performing Arts Building (PAB) on campus. After the performance, they will engage the audience in a short, informal feedback session before revising the piece for the festival.  Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and the event is open to the public. The event is free, but RSVP requested.

Performing Arts Building (PAB), room 202*
240 S. 1500 East

*If the performance is not held in this room specifically, directions to the performance will be posted at this location.

Friday, Feb. 6 – Sunday, Feb. 15 | 7:30 p.m.

Childrens Hour
The Children’s Hour
” by Lillian Hellman premieres Feb. 6 in the Babcock Theatre. Following a trail of poisonous gossip at a boarding school, “The Children’s Hour” tells the story of two women trying to clear their reputations amid troubling allegations. Join us for this critically-acclaimed production.

Break a leg, Department of Theatre cast and crew.

Visit for more information about the production and to purchase tickets.


Conference on Social Awareness
Saturday, Feb. 7 | 8:30 a.m.

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ASUU is hosting its 11th annual Conference on Social Awareness, or COSA, Saturday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 pm. in the ballroom of the Olpin Student Union. The event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff. The conference explores societal disparities, inequities and oppression within a social justice framework. This year’s event focuses specifically on topics surrounding the impact of diversity in a social media framework. Special guests include Ms. Wheelchair America 2014, Jennifer Adams and award-winning blogger, radio host and online broadcaster Elon James White.

Registration is required and must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 4.

To register, click here.




Guest Artist: Julian Gargiulo
Saturday, Feb. 7 | 7–8 p.m.

Julian GargiuloThe Mundi Project, University of Utah School of Music and SugarSpace are thrilled to present visiting pianist Julian Gargiulo. A charismatic virtuoso, Gargiulo, is known around the world for his electrifying interpretations and magnetic appeal.  His program, “Roll Over Beethoven,” includes works by Chopin, Piazzolla, Mendelssohn, Manuel de Falla, Liszt, Rimsky-Korsakov and Gargiulo himself.  This concert was made possible in part by Salt Lake City Arts Council, Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program (ZAP) and the Utah Division of Arts and Museums.

For more information, click here.

A Healthier U

Sun Safe on the Slopes Infographic

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Be Sun Safe on the Slopes
If your winter activities include some skiing, remember that sun safety is as important in winter as it is in summer. In fact, it’s even more important on snowy mountains.

Check out the infographic from the Huntsman Cancer Institute to learn why and to see how you can protect your skin.


Detox diets debunked

January is the time for New Year’s resolutions. Diet and exercise resolutions quite often top the list and include goals to reduce weight, get fit and toned or become healthier overall. Instructions for detox diets (also known as cleanses or elimination diets) are easily found online, in current magazines and at your local bookstore. Although the specifics vary, a typical detox diet plan involves eliminating foods such as sugar and artificial sweeteners, refined grains, dairy, meat and poultry, alcohol and caffeine.Fruits and veggies Some diets are stricter than others, and advocate living on little more than water, fruit and veggies for up to a month. Detox diets are typically low in calories, which can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, headaches and lessen the ability to concentrate. These plans promise to help our bodies “detox”—eliminate the extra gunk and junk that has accumulated in our cells over past months and years.

Claims may include helping us lose weight, feel healthier, detoxify our body organs, have clearer skin, thicker, shinier hair, restore natural energy levels and prevent future health problems. However, most health experts agree that our bodies have evolved over time to have built-in detox systems—our liver and kidneys. These two organs main jobs are to help our bodies filter out harmful toxins and chemicals, cleansing our systems 24 hours a day. As long as you have a healthy kidney and working liver, you can skip the low-calorie detox diet and concentrate instead on improving the overall quality of your diet for long-term health.

If you’d like more information regarding detox diets (and why one physician recommends reducing added sugars instead), click here.

Show me sugarIf you are feeling motivated to improve the overall quality of your diet or are interested in learning how much added sugar you take in each day, why not try out the new app, Show me the Sugar, now available for Android, ios8, GooglePlay and iTunes for 99 cents. This app uses your mobile device’s camera to scan pictures of any packaged food item or barcode and displays the amount of added sugar within the product. The best part is it will convert the grams (usually seen on nutrition food labels) into easier-to-understand teaspoons. The American Heart Association recommends a total of 9 teaspoons per day for men and 6 teaspoons per day for women.

Would you use an app to help monitor your added sugar intake? Have you ever participated in a detox diet? Let us know at

HealthFeedlazycoupleBeing Inactive May Be Worse Than Being Overweight
Even if you’re not overweight, you need to get moving.

A new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition finds that inactivity creates adverse health effects in everybody. In fact, the researchers behind the study say that being inactive could be twice as dangerous as carrying too much weight. Read the full article here.

Outdoor Workouts

Outdoor Fun at Your Doorstep: Winter Edition
It’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you should settle for stuffy gym workouts until spring. Salt Lake City is an adventure wonderland, with plenty of winter activities within a half-hour drive. Click here to see the rest of the story.

For more expert health news and information, visit

Deals & Discounts

Banff Film Festival
Feb. 17 – 19 | 7 p.m. | 10 percent discount for faculty and staff

Bringing the best in outdoor films to Salt Lake City, the Banff Mountain Film Festival tour is one of the best-loved annual events at Kingsbury Hall. With films featuring skiing, snowboarding, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking and more, Banff will entertain and amaze you, and maybe even inspire an outdoor adventure right in your own backyard.

Click here to see the films listed for each night and here to purchase tickets.

General public: $10
U students: FREE
Faculty and staff: 10 percent off

Additional Information

Children under the age of 6 not permitted. No babes in arms or lap sitting allowed. All patrons must have a ticket, regardless of age.

Friday, Jan. 30 | 7 p.m.

Womens Basketball

Faculty and staff members receive free admission for themselves and up to five guests for the following games:

  • Arizona – Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.
  • Washington – Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Oregon – Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.




Receive one FREE admission to every home game for the following Olympic sports by showing your UCard at the gate:

  • Volleyball – Huntsman Center
  • Soccer – Ute Soccer Field located northeast of the Huntsman Center
  • Women’s basketball – Huntsman Center
  • Baseball – Smith’s Ballpark

Admission is always free to the general public at the following events:

  • Softball – New Utah Softball Stadium location on Wasatch Drive, north of the McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex
  • Swimming & Diving – Ute Natatorium located north of the Huntsman Center behind the Burbidge Academic Center
  • Track & Field – McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex located on Wasatch Drive
  • Men’s tennis – Eccles Tennis Center located on Guardsman Way
  • Women’s tennis – Eccles Tennis Center located on Guardsman Way

For schedules and game times visit, and to download individual sport schedules including times, locations and promotions, click here.

Construction & Commuter Updates


–     The street previously known as Balif Road off Wasatch Drive, is now Student Life Way.

–      The George S. Eccles Student Life Center is complete and open.

–      The Ray & Tye Noorda Oral Health Sciences Building  is complete and open.

–      The Dumke Health Professions Education Building bridge remodel will be complete by January 2015. The project includes a new ramp, stairway at the bridge and a new concrete walkway connecting to the Wakara Way sidewalk from the building entrance.

–      One of the sidewalks leading from the Huntsman Center toward campus will be closed as a high-temp water line is placed in the ground. Pedestrians can still connect to main campus as one sidewalk will remain open throughout the project. The high-temp water line, which is used to heat buildings, will be completed by late January.

–      As snow season arrives, please note that snow crews do their best to keep campus safe. If particular areas need to be cleared, please call 801-581-7221.



–      Construction on the new Lassonde Studios began Nov. 1, 2014. The building will be located to the northeast of the Languages and Communication building (LNCO) and east of the Tanner Humanities Building. About 300 parking stalls are unavailable during construction.

–      Construction of the new S.J. Quinney College of Law that began in spring 2013 will continue to impact the surrounding parking. The parking lot to the east will close after commencement for repaving at the time that the building is completed.

–      A project to upgrade the Ivor Thomas labs in the Mining Systems Research Lab began in mid-June. The parking lot to the west will be closed to the public through April 1.

–      Ten parking spaces on the west end and 10 spaces on the northeast corner of the parking lot to the north of Merrill Engineering will be closed as part of a staging area for campus construction projects. The parking spaces in the northeast corner will be unavailable through 2016.

–      Construction for the new Jon M. and Karen Huntsman Basketball Training Facility began to the north of the Huntsman Center. Forty parking stalls in the northeast corner of the parking lot east of the Huntsman Center will be closed to serve as staging for construction materials.


–      The Business Loop is currently open for one-way traffic, east bound through the area. The pay lot remains open. The Business Loop will close again periodically while the Business Loop Parking Garage is under construction. Please proceed with great caution as extensive work continues in the area.

–     One lane of Student Life Way will be closed during the installation of an underground gas line. Flaggers will be on site to direct traffic around the construction area. Both lanes will be open Jan. 30.

Public Transportation

–      The campus shuttle and UTA bus stop at the Field House will be closed for the duration of construction on the S. J. Quinney College of Law building (through early 2015). Instead, use the existing stop around the corner on University Street to catch red and green shuttles.

Sidewalks and Pedestrian Traffic

–      The south entrance to HPER West and the sidewalk near the door are closed for remodeling and creation of a strength and training area. The area will reopen in early 2015.

–      The south entrance to the law building remains closed for the duration of construction (through early 2015). The sidewalk on the north side of the law building is open and has been reconstructed to be accessible for people with disabilities.

Construction and New Buildings

–      A project to install a chilled water distribution system began May 25, 2014, and will continue to move through the southwest quadrant of campus. The chilled water is piped to buildings to provide cooling and air conditioning. Installation of the system is currently underway west of the Henry Eyring Chemistry building.

–      The Critical Infrastructure Project is currently underway in the Health Sciences area of campus and to the south of the new Ambulatory Care Complex. Construction for this project on main campus is happening to the east of University Street near Pioneer Memorial Theatre, to the south of the Sill Center, to the west of Honors housing, to the east of the Annex, by Rice-Eccles Stadium and on lower campus.

–      Construction on the Northwest Parking Garage, located between the Naval Sciences and Sutton buildings on 100 South, is underway. The garage is scheduled to open in fall 2015. Accessible parking and pedestrian routes through the area will remain open. For a comprehensive map of parking alternatives, click here.

–      Construction began on the 800-stall Business Loop Parking Garage in late June. The garage will be complete in the summer of 2015. Alternative parking options are listed here. The playfield on top of the garage will be complete for the start of the 2015 fall semester.

–      The second phase of the expansion and renovation of the Kennecott Building is scheduled for completion in May 2015.

–      The S. J. Quinney College of Law building is scheduled for completion during the summer of 2015.

More Information

–      There have been many parking changes on campus this year while two parking garages are constructed in place of current surface lots. To learn more about parking and other transportation options, click here.

–      A map of construction zones and time frames is available here.

–      For more information on current or upcoming projects click here.

–      Connect with Facilities Management on Facebook or Twitter.

–      Connect with Commuter Services on Facebook and Twitter.

–      Visit Commuter Services’ website for detailed information about parking, alternative transportation, construction impacts, events and more.

Benefiting U

WellU cooking class – health benefits of olive oil
Monday, Feb. 9 | 6–8 p.m.

Join Chef Carl to learn all about olive oil: the differences, health benefits, best uses and tastes. Participants will taste test extra virgin olive oil, organic extra virgin olive oil and infused olive oils. Recipes will include cooking breakfast with olive oil instead of butter and cooking chicken with lemon and olive oil.
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This month’s cooking class will be held on Monday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m. at the Salt Lake Culinary Center (2233 S. 300 East).

The cost is $20 per person, which includes the class and the meal for each participant. Payment method is a one time, automatic payroll deduction.

Registered employees will be charged for the class regardless of attendance.

Class registration will open today at 4 p.m. Click here to register.

Classes are limited to 30 and fill quickly. If you would like to register for more than one person please register yourself twice. Limited to two registrations per person.

*This cooking class is sponsored by WellU; however, attendance does not count toward fulfilling the requirements for the WellU discount. For information on WellU, please see the Program Requirements brochure.

Marketplace Health Insurance Fairs
Thursday, Feb. 5 and Friday, Feb. 6

Marketplace Health FairsUniversity of Utah Hospitals and Clinics’ Human Resources will host two final marketplace health insurance fairs in February. Vendors offering coverage in Utah through the health insurance marketplace will be on site to answer questions and provide plan details for employees and/or family members not covered through the university’s health care plan.

Why attend: The Affordable Care Act requires individuals to have health insurance or incur a tax penalty. Enrollment ends Feb. 15 for coverage effective March 1.

Health insurance vendors anticipated to participate: Arches Health Plan, BridgeSpan, Humana and Molina Healthcare.

When: Two sessions are available in advance of the Feb.15 final deadline

Thursday, Feb. 510 a.m. – 12 p.m.Red Rock Conference Room (hospital A level) Friday, Feb. 61 – 3 p.m.Red Rock Conference Room (hospital A level)

Understanding Your form w-2

Information about university benefits is included in several boxes on your Form W-2. Employees who are enrolled in the university’s employee health care plan will see their pre-tax deductions in Box 14, combined with any health FSA amounts deducted. You will also see the amount the university contributed toward the cost of your health coverage in Understanding W-2Box 12 (code DD).

Reporting the employer amount is a new Affordable Care Act requirement this year. While this amount is reported on your Form W-2, it is not taxable to you.

When you complete your tax return for 2014, you will be asked if you and your family members were enrolled in health insurance. This information will be self-reported for 2014. The IRS has proposed draft forms for employers to provide next year, confirming monthly coverage for you and each of your family members. (Make sure the Benefits Department has social security numbers for all of your enrolled family members so this information can be provided).

For additional explanations on the information reflected on your Form W-2, see the Tax Services’ website.

Teaching Resources


Feb. 26-28

Click here for information regarding the Red Rock Great Teaching Retreat.

Salt Lake City
March 9-13

For information about the Adobe Summit: The Digital Marketing Conference, click here.

Visit for a comprehensive list of education and technology conferences around the world.

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence provides a number of courses for faculty and graduate students.

CTLE 6000 Teaching in Higher Education (On Campus)
Instructor: Alyson Froehlich

Anticipating that first higher ed course you’ll teach but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’ve taught a course or two but can’t manage to keep your students awake? This course will help you develop the basic pedagogical knowledge and skills necessary to succeed as an instructor in a higher education setting. You will learn how to design and develop a course and we will model several types of instruction including discussion, lecture, collaborative work and active learning.
We will adopt a learner-centered approach to teaching and learning in which instructor and students alike will be responsible for bringing material, issues and ideas to the group. We will all benefit from the variety of departments represented by the group and the unique approaches and perspectives that variety brings. Through interactive activities and discussion, you will be encouraged to cultivate your own individual approach to teaching. CTLE 6000/600 is a hybrid 3-credit course open to all instructors (graduate students and faculty) at the U.

Click here for information on how to register for a CTLE Course and here for class catalog and schedules.


Jan. 30, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The architecture of Canvas opens opportunities to teachers and students to interact with the platform in the same ways they interact with the rest of the internet: creatively, socially and dynamically. Canvas is a pedagogical tool that has an eye toward open adaptation — and toward learning out in the world, rather than only behind computer screens or inside brick-and-mortar classrooms. Canvas is not the course: it’s the launching pad for the course.
We will discuss how Canvas can support your teaching, and how using modules, quizzes, rubrics and collaborations can improve your assessment, feedback and communication with students. The Teaching and Learning Technology team will spend the last hour assisting and setting up appointments to address additional Canvas questions.

Click here to register for this course.


What is a Faculty Learning Community?
A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) comprises an interdisciplinary group of faculty devoted to enhancing teaching, learning and the university experience. FLCs have been shown to increase faculty interest in teaching and learning while providing a safe space for faculty to explore and implement new approaches, give and receive feedback and generate a knowledge base accessible to the broader University community.
Simply put, an FLC is a community of practice devoted to exploring teaching and learning in higher education. Each FLC will grow at its own pace, embrace a unique topic, and target specific outcomes. The FLCs will meet regularly, but input from FLC members will help determine the frequency and format for meetings, the duration, and the goals and outcomes—including any projects to be carried out—for each FLC.
We are very excited to provide such rich opportunities for community building, interdisciplinary collaboration, and explorations of teaching and learning!

Interested in joining a Faculty Learning Community (FLC)? CTLE can help with that. Send an email to with the following information:
• Name
• Title
• Department and college
• Preferred e-mail address
• Name of the FLC you would like to join

Within a few days you’ll receive an email confirming your membership and informing you of the next meeting.

Teaching, Employee and Faculty Resources

Visit and for essential teaching tools, trainings, reference material, health, safety and business resources. Keep your skills up-to-date and learn some new ones with help from these university resources:

Staff Development

Teaching Resources

Faculty Administration

Research Resources

  1. U-STEAM funding workgroup meeting
  2. Travel and small grants for undergraduate research
  3. Brown bag mentor workshop – support available
  4. Upcoming research grant opportunities
  5. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS)
  6. External training
  7. Research news and publicizing research

    1. U-STEAM funding workgroup meeting


Interested in projects and research on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM)? NITRO will host a meeting to discuss funding strategies and collaborative efforts across multidisciplinary disciplines under a STEAM umbrella. The meeting will divide into workgroups and identify funding in SciVal to work towards strategically coordinating diversity efforts and expanding U-STEAM projects. The meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m., location Marriott Library – Faculty Center.

Please contact Ceceilia Tso to RSVP.

    1. Travel and small grants for undergraduate research


The Office of Undergraduate Research offers programs designed to support the research of undergraduate students working with faculty mentors. We are pleased to announce the introduction of two new programs—the small grants and travel grants programs. Small grants (up to $200) can be used to purchase supplies and other necessities for undergraduate student researchers. Travel grants (up to $500) can be used to fund research-related travel for undergraduate students.

For additional information, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Research website or Rachel Hayes-Harb.

Upcoming deadlines and events for the Office of Undergraduate Research:

Undergraduate research scholar designation for Spring 2015
Graduates deadlines – Feb. 9 and April 27

Undergraduate Research Symposium registration deadline – Feb. 19

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research (Dixie State) – Feb. 27

Online Undergraduate Research Journal submission deadlines – March 25
Summer 2015 UROP student applications deadline – March 27

Undergraduate Research Symposium (Union building) – Mar. 31
Summer 2015 UROP faculty references deadline – April 3

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (Eastern Washington University) – April 16-18

    1. Brown bag mentor workshop – support available


The Office of the Associate Vice President for Research and the Grant Resource Center is pleased to announce a new Brown Bag Research series held in the Marriott Library. Come learn what the grant resource network has to offer as you prepare your next research proposal.  Grab a lunch at the library café, network with your colleagues and discover the possibility of new collaborations.

For additional information, please visit resources and services under “Grant and Proposal Writing Tools.”

All workshops will be held in the Marriott Library, 1705, Faculty Center open area.

Grant writing – support available
Tuesday, Feb. 17
1–2 p.m.
MLIB open area, room 1170
Description: Bring a grant you are working on and ask advice on anything regarding grant writing. This informal writing workshop is here to help you prepare for your grant.

Time and stress management/work-life balance
Tuesday, March 17
1–2 p.m.
MLIB open area, room 1170

Mentoring graduate students
Tuesday, April 21
1–2 p.m.
MLIB open area, room 1170

    1. Upcoming research grant opportunities


Intramural funding opportunities:

Seed grant program
Internal deadline: Aug. 20 and Feb. 15

University research committee
Faculty research and creative grant program
Internal deadline: Aug. 20, Nov. 20 and Feb. 15

URC Faculty Fellow Awards
Internal deadline: Oct. 23

Distinguished Scholarly and Creative Research Awards
Internal deadline: Oct. 15

    1. Upcoming classes in the Research Administration Training Series (RATS) and RATS Certificate of Achievement Awards


For questions concerning RATS, please contact Tony Onofrietti (801-585-3492) or visit the RATS website.

Introduction to eProposal
Tuesday, Feb. 3
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), computer lab 3100C

Understanding IRB report form submissions in ERICA
Tuesday, Feb. 3
2–4 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), room 1730

Mandatory Effort Reporting (PAR) training
Wednesday, Feb. 4
2–4 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), room 2110

Investigator training workshop: pre-award session
Wednesday, Feb. 4
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Research Administration Building (RAB), room 117

Financial management in clinical research
Tuesday, Feb. 10
2–4 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), room 1730

Purchasing and procurement
Thursday, Feb. 12
2–4 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), room 1730

Grant-writing workshop: foundations and charities
Friday, Feb. 13
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
Marriott Library, room 1170

Preparation for investigator-initiated drug and device studies
Tuesday, Feb. 17
2–4 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), room 2120

Effective negotiation in research: the art of advocacy and agreement
Wednesday, Feb. 18
2–4 p.m.
Health Sciences Building (HSEB), room 2110

Investigator training workshop: post-award session
Wednesday, Feb. 18
3:30–5:30 p.m.
Research Administration Building (RAB), room 117


Grant writing crash course
May 1-3
The Lodges at Deer Valley Resort
Park City

Open to all faculty members from the Health Sciences and main campus.

Using a unique and proven method to learn how to write a fundable proposal, the Grant Writing Crash Course provides one-on-one mentoring by successful university faculty grant writers. Participants complete a series of short exercises prior to the course, drafting text that will be refined and assembled under the guidance of faculty mentors into critical sections of their proposal. Several essential topics are covered in focused brief lectures and discussions, including the strategies and mechanics of effective proposal writing, how to sell your project (and yourself as principal investigator) to a sponsoring agency, the criteria that reviewers use to evaluate your proposal, pitfalls to avoid in grant writing, how to develop aims and justifications, the ins and outs of major funding agencies and the political, social and psychological aspects of “grantsmanship.” Focused, intensive work sessions provide participants with ample uninterrupted time to craft and recraft their thinking, writing and presentation based on real-time constructive feedback from faculty mentors, enhancing their proposals and increasing the likelihood of their success.

Attendance is highly limited. Registration fees for the May program include two nights lodging at the Deer Valley Resort, use of recreational facilities, and most meals. A spouse/partner and up to two children are welcome to accompany the participant (additional charge if more than two children attend). If you do not have seed or personal funding available for the registration fee, we encourage you to discuss other options with your department chair or research dean.

To register for the May 2015 program, or for more information, please email Tony Onofrietti , director of Research Education or call 801-585-3492.

The course program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and is led by Dr. Gary C. Schoenwolf, distinguished professor of neurobiology and anatomy.

    1. External training


NISO February virtual conference
Scientific Data Management: Caring for Your Institution and Its Intellectual Wealth
Feb. 18
11 a.m.–5 p.m. E.S.T.

Research data has been one of the least managed content resources but many funding organizations now require that researchers plan for the organization, caring and sharing of the data produced as a funded project. This NISO virtual conference will explore many current and up-and-coming aspects of research data management, including:

  • Data management practice meets policy
  • Uses for the data management plan
  • Building data management capacity and functionality
  • Citing and curating datasets
  • Connecting datasets with other products of scholarship
  • Changing researchers’ practices
  • Teaching data management techniques

For additional information and registration, please visit NISO events webpage.

    1. Research news and publicizing research


Interested in the cool research going on at the U? For the latest news on research, go to If you are interested in publicizing your research, guidelines and information, along with contact information, may be found at Publicizing Research and Working with the Media.


Faculty, staff and students are invited to a sustainability showcase in the U’s new Sustainability Office on Monday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in suite 50 of the Business Classroom Building.

The event will feature a number of exciting university initiatives, including the Real Food Challenge and the new graduate certificate in sustainability. President David Pershing and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Ruth Watkins will unveil results from the U’s commitments to sustainable energy, food, health and education, and Chief Sustainability Officer Amy Wildermuth will discuss the university’s recent reorganization of sustainability.

web lobby_web“The Sustainability Office brings together different aspects of the U’s efforts to institutionalize sustainability,” Wildermuth said. “By bringing student engagement, curriculum and research into one space, we can enhance our collective creativity as we work to reduce the university’s carbon footprint.”

Myron Willson, director of the Sustainability Resource Center, worked closely with university administrators and Facilities Management to remodel the suite with green features, including all LED lights, occupancy sensors, recycled-content carpet tiles leftover from another campus project and low VOC-paint.

“It’s important for the Sustainability Office to ‘walk the talk’ when it comes to energy reduction and use of non-emitting products and green-certified furniture,” Willson said.

The LED light installation and its corresponding control system are the Sustainability Office’s most aggressive action to reduce emissions. In office lighting, an average incandescent setup uses approximately 3 watts per square foot, while a fluorescent system uses less than half that much. The LED lighting in the Sustainability Office uses dramatically less than even a fluorescent system—less than one-third of a watt per square foot when the lights are fully turned up. Its control system also allows the office to determine each member’s individual hourly energy use, creating the opportunity for competitions within the office to drive down energy use even further.sustainabilityoffice_2web

During the remodel, walls were removed to provide more collaborative spaces for students, interns, staff and faculty. To help activate the space, the remodel included moveable furniture, adjustable height tables for standing, additional whiteboards, an Energy Star-screen for presentations and wall space for art displays to create an environment that supports people from all disciplines and backgrounds gathering to develop solutions that address the systems’ nature of sustainability work.

“For the first time in our office’s history, we have the ability to host and support efforts that engage a large number of stakeholders, including researchers, project managers from Facilities Management, campus planners, Commuter Services representatives, students, administrators and other partners,” Willson said.




Community Preview and Party
Thursday, Feb. 5 | 5-7 p.m. | FREE
Contemporary Latino music and appetizers from Red Iguana.

Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” brings to the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) and the University of Utah a dynamic gathering of more than 80 artworks from more than 60 leading modern and contemporary Latino artists from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Faculty, staff and students are invited to a free exhibition preview and celebration on Thursday, Feb. 5, from 5-7 p.m. at the UMFA.

This landmark exhibition, on view Feb. 6 through May 17 at the UMFA, explores the varied and deep links between Latino art and U.S. history, culture and art through work created since the 1950s, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. “Our America” explores how Latino artists shaped the artistic movements of their day and provides insight into our nation’s past and unfolding present.

“These are beautiful and important works of art that visitors won’t see anywhere else in our region,” said Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA’s executive director. “Especially in a community like ours, where the Latino population is significant and growing, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to experience stunning visual art while engaging each other in exciting conversations, learning and cultural exchange.”

Artists featured in “Our America” played important roles in all the postwar American art movements, including abstract expressionism; activist, conceptual and performance art; and classic American genres such as landscape, portraiture and scenes of everyday life. The artists—of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican descent, as well as from other Latin American groups with deep roots in the United States—reflect the rich diversity of Latino communities in our country.

“Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Generous support for the exhibition has been provided by Altria Group, the Honorable Aida M. Alvarez, Judah Best, The James F. Dicke Family Endowment, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Tania and Tom Evans, Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino, The Michael A. and the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello Endowment, Henry R. Muñoz III, Wells Fargo and Zions Bank. Additional significant support was provided by The Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. Support for Treasures to Go, the Museum’s traveling exhibition program, comes from The C.F. Foundation, Atlanta.

The UMFA exhibition is presented by Zions Bank. Additional support was provided by the S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney Foundation, the Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation and Wells Fargo. Red Iguana is an in-kind sponsor and Artes de Mexico en Utah is a community partner.